Thursday, August 12, 2010


A quick reminder of a few upcoming shows.
I hope to see you...
Friday August 13, 2010
The Abbey Pub
3420 West Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60618-4215

Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
$7.00 in advance / $10.00 at door
Plague Bringer (w/Mark Solotroff on synth/vocals)
Blood of the Tyrant
I Klatus (of Lair Of The Minotaur)
Saturday August 21, 2010
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

10:00 PM

Headache City

BLOODYMINDED w/special guest Pharmakon

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Saturday August 28, 2010
The Mopery
2734 N. Milwaukee Ave. (above Pearle Vision)
Chicago, IL 60647

7:00 PM
All Ages
Loose Dudes
Bad Drugs
Unmanned Ship
Sun Splitter
Mark Solotroff
Jason Soliday
Tiger Hatchery
In the works:
Saturday September 11 - Anatomy of Habit - The Abbey Pub
Saturday October 16 - Anatomy of Habit - The Abbey Pub

Womblife on Locrian

From Womblife

Locrian Rain of Ashes (Basses Frequencies) / Territories (At War With False Noise/Basses Frequencies/Bloodlust!/Small Doses) CD / LP - Two more doses of dismal metallic drone from Chicago's mighty Locrian, a band that possibly takes its cues from the bad boys mentioned above, Wolf Eyes, early Swans, black metal and even Fripp/Eno. Rain of Ashes offers an hour of live delirium captured for a radio broadcast. It opens on a sedated repetitive note with distant minor keys crawling up the spine like tiny black spiders before immersing the listener in an enveloping cacophony of tortured howls and feedback blizzards designed to disorient and overpower at extreme volumes. It's not a bad soundtrack for trailing off into a nightmare slumber if you can pass out before the screams come in.

Even more satisfying is the newer Territories, a Locrian big band affair that features members of Bloodyminded, Nachtmystium, Velnias and Yoakuza along with the core of Andre Foisy and Terrance Hannum. As a result things definitely get opened up in terms of dynamics and diversity. "Inverted Ruins" offers a lurching funeral march of murky electronics and feedback beneath vocal howls that grow more intense and pissed off with each cycle across its 8 plus minutes. "Procession of Ancestral Brutalism," with Blake Judd on guitar and vocals, is a straight up black metal howler the likes of which his own band (Nachtmystium) has never conjured before -- atonal, screeching, howling at the bottomless black void metal -- designed to make your head explode before your soul crumbles into a ball of ash. How fun! Combine this with the more spectral hypnotic vibe of earlier Locrian disks, and you have something that's hard to ignore in the experimental drone metal realm. Territories comes in an edition of 500 on black vinyl, so don't dilly dally, you doom fixated dregs.

The Fortieth Day Sessions

Weekly sessions continue for The Fortieth Day and recorded material of all sorts is being stockpiled. It has been great to be back in such a consistent playing mode with Isidro these past few months. Last night's work was especially fruitful... some amazing new sounds rose out of the ooze.

We have been trying new/different gear -- I am switching back and forth between guitar and Korg Monotron (yes, it is a part of everything lately) and Isidro has been doing amazing stuff with his Electro-Harmonix 2880... no coincidence that the same device plays a big part in Anatomy of Habit.

We actually have a couple of new full-length releases near completion, each with some mastering issues/glitches that need to be resolved, and once those are sorted out, we will begin to dive into the hours of newly recorded material... Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Status - 8/11

- I did a big mail run yesterday and all paid orders are up-to-date.

- I was a part of an intense and ridiculously loud Plague Bringer practice last night. I worked out an effective new pedal sequence for the Korg Monotron to use on Friday. I will be playing synth through the entire set, adding backing vocals throughout, but especially on the new song, "One Into Parts."

- Isidro and I head back into the space tonight to continue work on new The Fortieth Day material.

- The Atrax Morgue 7-inch (B!146) master has been in heavy rotation this week, to make sure that it is up-to-snuff. That release should be heading into production shortly.

- The digipak design for the Locrian "Territories" CD (B!157) is underway. We all hope to get that to the plant soon, as well.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Existence Establishment on Bereft

A really nice new review from Existence Establishment

Bereft – Your Messiah Will Fail CDR

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Bereft – Your Messiah Will Fail CDR


Your Messiah Will Fail is a New England project that consists of Peter Lee (patron of Force of Nature Productions and former member of :MOMENT:) and Andy Grant (patron of Danvers State Recordings and sole member of The Vomit Arsonist). What happens when these two heavy-weights of noise collaborate? Basically one of the most intense noise and power electronics albums to hit my stereo for a while.

The first two tracks here are completely devastating. “Hidden Agenda” within seconds is balls deep in blasts of in-your-face screeching and distorted noise with gruff vocals screaming on top to form a rough power electronics experience. Oddly placed at second in the lineup is the title track “Your Messiah Will Fail” which is also the longest track on the album clocking in at no less than 15 minutes. Thankfully this is also the best track here starting off with a heavy drone that features some very detailed and interesting feedback interruptions that purely sound like nothing I’ve heard before. The track is long but doesn’t ever feel like it’s meandering because each moment heightens the tension-release of the composition until finally I find myself in a rhythmic torrent and winds of distorted noise proving to be an intense destructive force. I really can’t get over how great this track is, it just destroys me.

The next two tracks “Just One Bullet” and “No Change in Sight” are a little more freeform but still retain the burliness of Bereft’s aggressive sound with perhaps a little more experimentation. “Grinding Out” follows suit and is a meandering wall of monolithic harsh noise. Finally things are reeled in once again with “A Wall of Promises” which features a rhythmic pulse of cut up noise and some harmonic synth lines somewhat reminding me of Steel Hook Prostheses, yet another solid track on the album.

“No Choice/Victim” marks the beginning of the end with a subtle pulse joining whining feedback and more high-pitched vocals screams tilting more toward a Sutcliffe Jugend reference. It works on the same level with raw low-end blasts and the slowly morphing filters providing a great gesture to accentuate the delayed layers of noise. Finally “Resolution” breaks in to close out the disc and immediately reminds me a lot of the title track with it’s droning hums and odd feedback harmonies which eventually work up into some strange meandering melody. I really enjoy how the inevitable degrading of the feedback signal leads into these almost watery textures and finally to a dull lo-fi pulse which eventually leads to an unexpected synthesized serial-sounding textures that sound like it could be right out of a 70s psych-out movie. Point and case; it’s a unique and unpredictable closer that is effective and creative.

On top of all this the production quality is so burly with intense mids and highs and unbelievable lows. The recording is loud as fuck and with such intense aggressive noise Your Messiah Will Fail is an extremely brutal album but also one that has thought and some interesting twists and turns behind it. It’s a detailed effort and takes at least a few listens to scrape the surface of what’s going on here. Excellent work.

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